Center for Civic Leadership (CCL)

Mission and Philosophy

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) is a nationally recognized institute for citizen leadership development. Through its many projects, the CCL provides high-quality educational programs and initiatives designed to enhance civic leadership capabilities among participants.

The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership is to foster and promote the development of citizens and "civic leaders" who will address and solve community problems. This model of leadership emphasizes collective action through collaboration for the purpose of addressing social needs and injustices. Civic leadership is a contemporary theory that calls for the development of citizen leaders who are committed to making our world a better place.

While civic participation and public service provide a vital and critical role in our democratic and free society, it is the link with leadership that helps shape the decision-making process and its outcomes. Beyond service, these citizens identify key issues, raise questions, voice opinions, challenge traditional authority, and take the appropriate actions when necessary. The purpose is to create a new generation of citizens who empower themselves and have the skills and capabilities to act on behalf of the greater good.

Civic Learning and Engagement

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) endorses the view that higher education has the responsibility to prepare students to be active and engaged citizens. We further believe that colleges and universities also have a responsibility to have a positive and direct impact in the communities in which they reside. Though our various civic learning and community engagement activities, the Center for Civic Leadership aims to serve this dual purpose.

We define "civic learning and engagement" as educational activities (both academic and co-curricular) that are designed to develop civic knowledge, skills, and values resulting in actions that directly benefit the lives of a community. By participating in community service, attending a public forum about a community of public issue, participating in a service-learning class, or discussing social and political issues with classmates, FHSU students learn and act on behalf of the greater good.


Honoring Omer Voss

"If you are going to get involved, then you lead. That's where you can make the biggest difference." - Omer G. Voss.

Upcoming Events

March 2nd- Women’s History Month; Stop by our table in the union to learn more about women’s history and the massive impact women have had on the society we live in today.
Memorial Union Table, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

March 6th- Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivor: Angel Colon; Join us on March 6, 2018, at 6:00pm in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the campus of Fort Hays State University, as Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor, Angel Colon presents “A Pulse That Never Stops Beating”. This 40-minute keynote presentation on embracing diversity, respecting others’ differences, and rising above in times of trouble is a great extracurricular learning opportunity. The event will be followed up with a short Q&A session as well as a chance to meet Angel and take a picture with him. This event is a part of the Embrace Difference programming campaign, developed by the Center for Civic Leadership.
Beach/ Schmidt Performing Arts Center, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

March 7th- Times Talk: Food Safety;Join Glen McNeil from the Department of Health and Human Performance for his presentation on food safety and its effect on you and your diet. Free pizza and salad will be provided for the first 20 attendants.
Forsyth Library, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

March 8th- Equali-Tea; Enjoy some refreshments while discussing gender equality, facilitated by Dr. Amanda Buday of the Department of Sociology.
Forsyth Library, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

March 10th- Defense Tactics Workshop; Join the Women’s Leadership Project and the Defensive Tactics Club to learn some safety tips and how to promote personal safety for all. For event registration please go to our Facebook @WomensLeadershipProject or click on the following link:
Cunningham Hall Room 110, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

March 14th- Times Talk: The Other “F” Word; Join the American Democracy Project as Dr. Amanda Buday, Department of Sociology, and Ms. Hollie Marquess, Department of History discuss the other “F” word: Feminism. Free pizza and salad will be provided for the first 20 attendants.
Forsyth Library, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

March 18th – March 23rd- Alternative Spring Break: Amarillo, TX; Looking for something to do over your spring break? Join Tigers In Service as they head to Amarillo, Texas in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity. Contact TIS by email ASAP at to register to go.
Amarillo, Texas

March 29th- Times Talk: Online Privacy; Join the American Democracy Project and Claire Nickerson, OER Librarian, to learn some helpful tips on how to stay safe online. Free pizza and salad will be provided for the first 20 attendants.
Forysth Library, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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